The Trump administration released its budget fiscal 2018 proposal in March.That proposal differs from the bipartisan budget Congress approved April 30 of this year, to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, ending Sept. The 2017 budget includes significant funding for various nuclear energy programs.“I do think it’s very important for us as a nation, to step back and appreciate the importance of nuclear power,” Korsnick said. We do not get in that conversation by letting our [nuclear] fleet at home atrophy. Department of Energy] and NRC to complete the licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository in parallel with the development of a consolidated storage facility.“There are 60 reactors being built around the world today. We need to take this very seriously, as a national security issue.” Funding for a national used fuel program is critical, Korsnick said. We encourage Congress to restructure the funding and spending mechanisms of the Nuclear Waste Fund to provide for dependable access to the Nuclear Waste Fund while maintaining Congressional oversight.This includes work in advanced instrumentation and controls and the accident tolerant fuel program,” Korsnick said.“Increasing funding for DOE’s accident tolerant fuel program will enable the research and development to be accelerated.” “The ability of the nuclear industry to continue to innovate depends on the federal government supporting demonstration projects and encouraging advanced research,” Korsnick added.Continued investment by the federal government as a cost-sharing partner is necessary to ensure that the first SMRs are deployed in the mid-2020s.” Korsnick added that NEI supports increased funding for the accident tolerant fuel (ATF) program (the industry terminology is advanced technology fuel) and that Congress should continue funding the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors.
House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Development subcommittee May 3, NEI President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Korsnick emphasized the importance of improving efficiency at the U. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, dealing with used nuclear fuel and other top priorities.
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“Continued and increased funding for the DOE advanced reactor research and development program is essential to foster the ongoing and timely development and commercialization of advanced reactors.” Among the programs managed by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy that NEI supports are those seeking to accelerate the commercial use of new non-light water reactor technologies, including the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.
The industry also supports the establishment of a U. fast neutron test reactor user facility, Korsnick said.